Patrick Leahy insists key emails (in the Alberto Gonzales attorney firing investigation) are not really lost, they’re just being withheld. He says “You can’t erase e-mails, not today. They’ve gone through too many servers.” You actually can erase them because they should only be stored, on one, or at most two systems. If both of those systems where manipulated by the government, the emails could have possibly been permanently erased.
While concern about who has, and is withholding this documents may be unrelated, a larger quesion looms. Did the Bush adminstration use non government servers to conduct presidential business. If so it would be in violation of laws requiring that they use governement servers. Some speculate that Republican National Committee (RNC) servers may have been used, and of course those would have been even easier for the Bush adminstration, to have manipulated so that the eMails “disaperead.”
If that is the case, it will be interesting to see how the RNC might become involved in this investigation.